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Jimmy Rave vs. AR Fox (AWE – 02/21/2016)

Jimmy Rave vs. AR Fox
February 21, 2016
Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment
The Enclave (Atlanta, GA)
** ½

In terms of individual performances, this was a pretty good one. Rave was in total big bumping heel champion mode. Rave went non-stop the entire match whether he was bumping for Fox or running around to set Fox up for his next big spot. It was one of those matches where it was hard to miss the fact that one guy was carrying it. Rave was the main reason the match got to the level it did. It was both a noticeable performance and a high quality performance from the veteran.

In terms of overall match quality, this was not anything special. Fox spent the entire match running through his usual assortment of spots. I am not what you might consider an avid AR Fox viewer and I still felt like I’ve seen him perform all the same high spots he used in this match dozens of times before. Making things worse is the fact that Fox’s high spots – which might have been impressive three or four years ago – are far less impressive now relative to his competition. He has not evolved much at all and is running out the same old tired spots. He’s been passed by in a lot of ways. That’s the risk you run when your main weapon is athletic high spots.

Most of the match was Fox on offense. Even when Rave took over, it was always in a manner where it was rather clear they were simply setting up the next Fox comeback or run of high spots. Given the poor quality of his offense, that layout hurt the overall match for me.

The story was essentially that Fox threw everything he had at Rave and Rave survived. Which was weird because based on the way he acted during the match, Rave was the heel. In a vacuum, that is a fine story but it was an odd one given the face/heel alignment. The last second kick outs also got to be a little too much for me by the 3rd or 4th one. The ending didn’t work for me for many of the same reasons they story didn’t. Fox – presumably the face in all of this – threw move after move at Rave only for Rave to survive and pick up a quick victory “out of nowhere”. It was confusing. Had Rave not been put over by constantly surviving and had then cheated to win, that had the possibility of working. As it actually was, the story and ending were full of contradictions.

Good performance by Rave, but only an okay match otherwise.

As an aside, boy were there some obnoxious people in this crowd! Attempting to make yourself part of the show by screaming and cursing loudly throughout a match is a major turnoff for me in any setting. The accents might have been different, but this was as obnoxious of a crowd as anything I have seen out of New York recently.

Fred Yehi vs. Colby Corino (TWE – 02/13/2016)

Fred Yehi vs. Colby Corino
February 13, 2016
Chattanooga, TN
** ½

As a preface to this review let me say that I think there is a widespread trend amongst current hardcore fans to be the first to praise a match and to find quality in unexpected places. I have certainly been guilty of this at times, although I am trying to be more cognizant of it. The issue is that someone watches a match as soon as it becomes available and without allowing even a minute for the match to sink in, the person races to a message board or Twitter to praise it. We get instant, adrenaline fueled reactions that are not carefully considered. The second issue was one that I saw raised on Twitter recently and something I have thought about for some time. It is the apparent desire to find quality away from the usual suspects. It has led to a general overrating of indie matches (in the US, Japan, and Mexico as well). I am not suggesting that any hyped indie match is underserving of praise, but I have been burned by overhyped matches from less visible promotions so many times that I am positive there is something to it.

The reason I mention that here is because I think this match exemplified both issues.

Yehi and Corino had a perfectly reasonable match. Yehi is a fun, talented and interesting in this match. Corino was a game opponent and brought both quality bumping and selling to the match. As my rating reflects, the match was right in that solid to slightly above average range and a match that I didn’t regret spending time to watch. To me, that’s passable.

But for me, that’s all the match was. It was not a MOTYC or even a good+ match in my eyes. It goes without saying that people should feel free to rate a match however they see it but I really do get the sense that if this match did not happen in a Tennessee gymnasium for a non-major promotion that it would not have been met with the same praise. Colby Corino’s offense was below average. The limb selling was fine but didn’t add anything major the match. A 25+ minute match time was excessive for what they did. There were obvious issues and even the stuff they did do well did not seem superlative. I tend to defer to the majority opinion unless there are clear stylistic reasons why a broad group might not enjoy a specific match. In this case I feel like there are no such barriers and if you showed it to a wide audience – even a wide audience of hardcore fans – that the consensus opinion would be far more subdued.

I saw a good match that went on too long to fully hold my interest. I am scratching my head to see what the MOTYC elements of the match were.